- Anatomy, Zoology. the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, composed of connective tissue, blood and lymph vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles, and an elaborate sensory nerve network.
- a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: exodermis; gastrodermis.
- another name for corium
1830, perhaps from Latinized form of Greek derma “skin” (see derma); or perhaps a back-formation from epidermis.
- The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels.corium cutis vera derma
- The innermost layer of the skin in vertebrate animals. The dermis lies under the epidermis and contains nerve endings and blood and lymph vessels. In mammals, the dermis also contains hair follicles and sweat glands.